MADISON, Wis., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials said four wolves were reported killed on the opening day of its first wolf-hunting season in recent memory.
The DNR's website said the first wolf kill was reported at 7:15 a.m. Monday in Rusk County. It was a male. A female was reported killed at 8:30 a.m. in Vilas County and another female was taken at 4:30 p.m. in Iron County. The fourth wolf taken was a male shot at 6:15 p.m. in Eau Claire County.
Wisconsin, which has about 800 wolves, issued 1,160 permits and is allowing a total of 116 to be killed in its inaugural season.
Neighboring Minnesota's first wolf-hunting season in decades is to begin Nov. 3, with 6,000 permits issued with the limit set at 400 animals. Minnesota has about 3,000 wolves, which are no longer on the endangered species list in the two states.
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